Is it really the 50th game of the season already? Wow.
Nothing quite like a visit from the ol’ Seattle Nine to jump start a scuffling offense, eh? The 25 run the Yanks have scored in the first two games of the series equals their offensive output over the previous 10 games combined.
On the pitching side, Chien-Ming Wang is looking for his first win since he manhandled these same Mariners 23 days ago. With Kyle Farnsworth throwing 25 pitches yesterday combined with Joba being unavailable, looks like Rock ‘n Rohlendorf and Edwar serve as your bridge to the Sandman today.
The lineup that’ll face the 367th southpaw the Yanks have seen this season:
1. J-Dam, LF
2. D-Jet, SS
3. B-Ab, RF
4. Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, 3B
5. J-Giam, DH
6. S-Dunc, 1B
7. R-Can, 2B
8. J-Mol, C
9. M-Cab, CF
I don’t particularly have warm and fuzzy feelings for the Red Sox. I find their fans to be annoying beyond belief, and some of their players – Curt, I’m lookin’ at you – are insufferable. But this whole David Ortiz Home Run Derby flap is fairly absurd. The Yanks don’t want Ortiz to call his shot because it somehow desecrates the sacredness of a stadium the team plans to unceremoniously tear down in five months.
The team officials in Jack Curry’s article come off as whiny, and it won’t kill anyone to allow this promotion to happen as much as we dislike the Sox. A supposed cursed jersey is one thing; bemoaning a gimick during MLB’s week of All Star unity is another. · (5) ·
Triple-A Scranton (6-3 loss to Indianapolis)
Wilson Betemit: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – played second, so it looks like the Former Attorney General will be send down when he comes off he DL
Matt Carson & Brett Gardner: both 0 for 3 – Carson was hit by a pitch, picked off first & threw a runner out at second from LF… Gardner walked & K’ed
Jason Lane, Eric Duncan, Cody Ransom: all 1 for 4, 1 2B – Lane K’ed & played first … Duncan scored a run & K’ed … Ransom drove a run in
Nick Green & JD Closser: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Greg Porter: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B
Dan McCutchen: 6.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6-8 GB/FB – 63 of 97 pitches were strikes (64.9%) … he said he’s better than that
David Robertson: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – first runs allowed since April 28th
Nothing like a truly bad last-place team to break the Yanks out of a slump, eh?
Meanwhile, the Joba transition continued. He threw a few too many pitches in two innings, but as he works to hone his pitches, that’s bound to happen.
Kyle Farnsworth’s eighth inning was a bit of an adventure, but better in a blow-out. The Yanks go for their season-high fifth win in a row tomorrow.
Short game thread today because I’m working to restore our posts (but not our comments) from the last two days. We’ll be back up too full strength soon.
The big news of the day is of course the pitching plan for the day. Joba Chamberlain will be throwing 45 pitches in relief of Mike Mussina this afternoon. For Mussina, he’s looking to recover from the shortest outing of his career, and instead of facing Felix Hernandez, he’ll go against Carlos Silva. The Yanks are 3-1 with A-Rod back in the lineup.
- Eric Duncan doubled and hit a homer.
- The Steven White to the Bullpen transition has begun, he twirled a scoreless 1.1 innings in relief.
- JB Cox tossed 1.2 scoreless, and has allowed 1 run in his last 15 IP.
- Austin Jackson hit his third homer in his last 6 games. Didn’t I tell you that the doubles would start clearing the fence once the weather warmed up?
- Steven Jackson got lit up in his return to Double-A. I would have preferred it if they kept Jackson in Scranton and cut either Phillips or Traber, but oh well.
- Brandon Laird smacked two homers, giving him 6 XBH in his last 6 games.
- Jairo Heredia made his first appearance since sustaining and “upper body injury,” tossing a scoreless inning.
Michael Kay said during the game broadcast last night that Mark Melancon has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton, but I haven’t been able to confirm it. If true, they’re moving him a bit too fast for my liking, and hopefully they give him at least 2 full months in Scranton before calling him up to the Bronx.
Update: Melancon’s still with Trenton, he hasn’t been promoted.
A note from Chad Jennings: Jason Lane has an out in his contract that he can exercise on May 31. So the Yankees have a decision to make. Do you give Lane, who sports a .827 OPS at Scranton, a shot? Or do you let him walk? For what it’s worth, Jennings also notes that Lane was doing footwork at first base this week.
I’m personally of the mind that while the Ensberg experiment was a worthy one, it’s got to come to an end. Might as well plug in Lane and see what you’ve got there. Lane would take Ensberg’s 40- and 25-man roster spot, so there’s really no harm in this one. One experiment ends, another begins.
Wilson Betemit should be back soon, too. We could actually see the designation of Ensberg upon his return, with Lane taking the spot of Alberto Gonzalez. I actually like this a bit better. But in any case, there’s little chance Ensberg remains with the team past this week.
Hardware problems with our host knocked us out for the better part of the last nine hours, and we’ve temporarily lost two days’ worth of posts. But we’re back, and hopefully that’s the end of our weekend problems. The Yanks’ offense showed up tonight, and Melky’s and Cano’s batting averages are now seperated by just .033. Getting closer…
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As I like to do every few weeks when I head up the games, I snapped a bunch of photographs yesterday evening of the progress on the new stadium. As you can see from the collage above, the outside of the stadium is looking great. For a larger view of that panoramic shot, click here.
For the set this month, I had time for only a few external shots. You can see the construction trailers inside the work area, and they finally finished the gold lettering on what will be the right field entrance. You can view the full set here on flickr.
Last winter during the GM meetings, the General Mangers voted 25-5 to recommend that MLB implement some form of instant replay. The recommendation was non-binding and has sat on the Commissioner’s desk, largely ignored, since then. Now, however, three wrong calls over a span of four days has forced Bud Selig’s hand, and according to reports, Major League Baseball will test some implementation of instant replay review for only home run calls during the Arizona Fall League this year. Better late than never, I guess. I do think that the jump from the AFL to MLB is a rather significant one though that can’t be ignored. · (0) ·